American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Belize.Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.
American and Canadian citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of Belize for the most up- to-date information.
Medical insurance and cancellation insurance is highly recommendedand it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies as well as lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill.
Some vaccines require more than one dose or a major length of time to be effective. For that reason, it is recommended to see your doctor or health provider at least 6 to 8 weeks before your trip. Please bring vaccination certificates with you in your carry-on luggage as you may need to present them on arrival.
Currently Required Vaccinations: Currently there are no required vaccinations, but it is suggested that you consider getting vaccinated against Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, and Rabies. Malaria may also be a risk in some parts of the country, although the islands which are frequented by tourists are Malaria free.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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Electricity: Electricity in Belize is supplied at 110 volts AC, 60HZ. American-style two-pin plugs are standard.
Phone: Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Check with your mobile telephone company that roaming agreements exist for travelers to Belize. You can also buy a local SIM card and insert it in your phone.
Internet: Service is widely available in main cities and most towns. Wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports, hotels and shopping centres.
The currency in Belize is the Belizean Dollar. Belize dollars come in denominations of BZ$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of BZ$1 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents. Major credit and debit cards are accepted in most businesses, with ATMs available across the country. It is recommended that you contact your credit card company to advise them when and where you will be traveling to avoid what may be picked up as suspicious activity by your credit card provider. Travelers Checks, especially American Express, Visa and Thomas Cook, are also accepted and can be cashed at banks. However, banks may charge a hefty exchange fee. The official exchange rate is published daily in the newspapers.
Currency: Belizean Dollar (BZD)
Religion: 50% of the population is Roman Catholic
Time Zone: UTC-6
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Belize is +501
Calling North America: Dial 011 + area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency telephone number: Throughout Belize, call 911 or 90